Short Circuit (1986)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Ally Sheedy Stephanie Speck
Steve Guttenberg Newton Crosby
Fisher Stevens Ben Jabituya
Austin Pendleton Howard Marner
G.W. Bailey Skroeder
Brian McNamara Frank
Tim Blaney Number 5 (voice)
Marvin J. McIntyre Duke
John Garber Otis
Penny Santon Mrs. Cepeda
Vernon Weddle Gen. Washburne
Barbara Tarbuck Sen. Mills
Tom Lawrence Mr. Marner's aide
Fred Slyter Norman
Billy Ray Sharkey Zack
Robert Krantz Reporter
Jan Speck Reporter
Marguerite Happy Barmaid
Howard Krick Farmer
Marjorie Card Hughes Farmer's wife
Herb Smith Gate guard
Jack Thompson Party guest
William Striglos Party guest
Mary Reckley Party guest
Lisa McLean Party guest
Eleanor C. Heutschy Party guest
Wabei Slyolwe Norman
Ray Sharkey Zack
C. Eleanor Heutschy Party Guest
Marguerite Heppy Barmaid
Howard Krik Farmer
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Family; Romance; Sci-Fi
Director John Badham
Producer Gregg Champion; David Foster; Lawrence Turman; Brent Maddock; S.S. Wilson
Writer Brent Maddock; S.S. Wilson
Studio Tri-Star Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 98 mins
Country USA
Color Color
John Badham's family-oriented adventure comedy, though obviously hatched in the wake of E.T. and Star Wars, manages to create its own identity through a sweet tone and an affectionate sense of fun. Military robot Number 5, a well-armed killing machine, is zapped by lightning during a test and emerges with a consciousness, curiosity, a wacky sense of humor, and a new peace-loving philosophy. Ally Sheedy (who debuted in Badham's hit WarGames) is the animal lover whose home is sanctuary for a zoo-full of strays and who adopts the adolescent robot. Steve Guttenberg is the goofy but reclusive robotics designer who goes off in search of his creation to save him from the gun-happy army. The mix of gentle slapstick and innocent romance makes for a harmless family comedy. It veers toward the terminally cute, what with 5's hyperactive antics and E.T.-ish voice, and the mangled grammar of Guttenberg's East Indian sidekick (Fisher Stevens) threatens to become offensive, but Badham's breezy direction keeps the film on track. Sheedy and Guttenberg deliver spirited and engaging performances, but most importantly the robot emerges as a real person. Give credit to designer Syd Mead, an army of puppeteers and robotics operators, and the cartoony voice of Tim Blaney: Number 5 is alive. --Sean Axmaker
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 118
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Edition Special Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 014381917321
Chapters 20
Release Date 2000
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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